Navigation Links
Clemson research nets $2 million from NSF to mimic nature's probes
Date:8/31/2009

CLEMSON - The National Science Foundation has awarded Clemson University researchers $2 million to study ways to mimic the suction mechanism used by butterflies and moths to feed so that the same method can be used in medical diagnostics. The research will help develop a new class of fiber-based devices capable of probing and transporting previously impossible-to-reach liquids, such as those drawn from a single cell or tissue.

"Right now, we have a real challenge of collecting fluids from miniscule places, such as a cell or a gland, without damaging them," said principal investigator Konstantin Kornev, associate professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. "Butterflies and moths have an amazing system in that they can adapt their proboscis, which is their long feeding tube, to accommodate hard-to-reach places. It can also adjust to the difficult flow of both thin and thick liquids. We want to engineer that same ability, and we can learn a great deal from nature."

Kornev said the goal is to develop probes for medical testing and that applications may some day include drawing DNA from a single cell. He adds that current "microfluidic devices," the instruments that transport and analyze small amounts of liquids, are not flexible and are not able to deal with a wide range of liquids.

"The bio-inspired probes we envision are like an endoscope that is used to see inside the body. It would have many tiny hairs working like an octopus' arms and grabbing many things at once. This way, we can map the tissue in question by picking and analyzing biofluids from different spots," said Kornev. "In doing this, we're taking advantage of recent progress in the field of fiber science and engineering."

Co-investigators to the project are Peter Adler, professor of entomology, soil and plant science; Kenneth Christensen, assistant professor of genetics and biochemistry; Richard Groff, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering; and Alexey Vertegel, assistant professor of bioengineering. The research is part of an ongoing project to develop fiber-based medical devices in Clemson's School of Materials Science and Engineering and the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films.


'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Polowczuk
spolowc@clemson.edu
864-656-2063
Clemson University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Clemson and collaborators receive $1.1 million to improve durability of concrete infrastructure
2. Clemson chemists present revolutionary teaching concepts
3. Clemson physicist Apparao Rao named Fellow of the American Physical Society
4. Clemson researchers advance nano-scale electromechanical sensors
5. US Senate confirms Clemson University engineering Dean Esin Gulari to National Science Board
6. National Science Foundation grants Clemson professors award to develop nanoprobes
7. NIH awards Clemson bioengineer $1.5 million to improve durability of tissue heart valves
8. Clemson bioengineer wins prestigious Early Career Award
9. NIH recognizes Clemson nanotechnology for molecule tracking
10. Clemson physicist addresses international forum on thermoelectric energy
11. Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/22/2017)... Vigilant Solutions , a vehicle location ... announced today the appointment of retired FBI special agent ... business development. Mr. Sheridan brings more than ... focus on the aviation transportation sector, to his new ... Sheridan served as the Aviation Liaison Agent Coordinator (ALAC) ...
(Date:3/16/2017)... - Against identity fraud with DERMALOG solutions "Made in Germany "  ... ... multi-biometric solutions provide a crucial contribution against identity fraud. (PRNewsFoto/Dermalog Identification Systems) ... Used combined in one project, multi-biometric solutions provide a crucial contribution against identity ... ...
(Date:3/9/2017)... VIEW, Calif. , March 9, 2017 ... 23andMe , the leading personal genetics company, are using ... now provide customers with personalized nutrition plans that consider ... but also genetic markers impacting how their body may ... food decision support platform uses biometrics such as Body ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... development of a new orally administered treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), today announced ... Didsbury states, “As we seek to uniquely treat the metabolic dysfunctions inherent in ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Biopsies from non-small cell ... with limited tumor content in a large background of normal or wild type ... need for reliable detection of low abundance somatic mutations, particularly in small specimens ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... ... PMG Research is pleased to announce its participation in the 2nd ... Boston on April 3-4, 2017. The CTC conference focuses on how the industry is ... closer to the patient. Clinical Trial Collaborations also will present an inaugural conference on ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017 MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG), the ... tissue allografts and patent-protected processes to develop and market ... announced today  that it will present at the Needham ... NY.  Parker H. "Pete" Petit, Chairman and CEO, ... M. Cashman , EVP and Chief Commercialization Officer, and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: